Dust air envelops Punjab, Haryana and Delhi
A cloud of dust hung over Punjab, Delhi and other parts of North Indian plains for fourth consecutive day on Friday morning.
Meanwhile authorities have suspended civil construction works in Delhi and Haryana as part of emergency measures to improve air quality. In Chandigarh, no flights took off or landed because of low visibility on Thursday.
The Met Department has predicted rain on June 15 night or June 16 due to approaching western disturbances.
“From June 15 to June 17, thunderstorms with gusty winds are predicted,” said Surender Paul, Director, Met Department.
“The monsoon is on time. Pre-monsoon showers could hit the city in the last week of June,” he said.
The maximum temperature recorded in the city on Wednesday was 42.3°C, three degrees above normal. The normal is the average temperature data over the past three decades.
Since Wednesday, dust storms have left 15 persons dead and 28 injured in Uttar Pradesh. The air quality deteriorated because of dust storms in western India, particularly Rajasthan, which increased coarser particles in the air, the Central Pollution Control Board said.